“‘Did not the Christ have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?’ And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.” – Luke 24:26-27
Jesus said it of Himself, that He is the fulfillment of the Old Testament. It doesn’t get much clearer than that. And He was not merely speaking about how He fulfilled all of the specific prophecies (though that is true I’m sure), but how He also fulfilled the stories, types, images, ceremonies, everything. Jesus is the passover lamb. Jesus is the greater and better Moses who leads His people out of the desert. Jesus is the bread come down from heaven to feed His people. Jesus is the greater and better David who will forever be King over His people. Jesus is the hope of Israel, the long-awaited Savior who in hind site of the Old Testament reveals and opens up all the things spoken long ago. He brings meaning to every passage of the Old Testament. Abraham, Moses, David, all of them. They were types, or historical illustrations pointing to the greater and better final King of glory through whom salvation would come to those of the promise as spoken to Abraham. I would just love to have heard Jesus Himself speak about the various portions of Scripture where He is the One being pointed to.